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U2 Inspired by Mandela on ‘Ordinary Love’

The band release their new song for the biopic

Bono of U2 performs in Toronto, Canada.Bono of U2 performs in Toronto, Canada.

Bono of U2 performs in Toronto, Canada.

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After teasing their new song “Ordinary Love” in the trailer to the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2 have posted a lyric video of the song in full to their Facebook page. The track, which was written specifically for the movie, starts off with some moody keyboards and builds to an upbeat rocker, as Bono sings, “We can’t reach any higher if we can’t deal with ordinary love.” The track will be available as the A-side of a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl release on Black Friday, as part of Record Store Day’s “Back to Black Friday” event; the flipside is a “Mandela Version” of the track “Breathe,” off the group’s most recent album, 2009’s No Line on the Horizon. The vinyl is limited to 10,000 copies.

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The band befriended Mandela years ago, according to their website. Watching clips of the film, which stars Idris Elba (The WireLuther) and Naomie Harris (Skyfall28 Days Later . . .), inspired them to write the song.

“When I asked them to consider writing a song for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, it was the fastest ‘yes’ I have ever received,” movie producer Harvey Weinstein has said. “The band saw various cuts of the film over the summer and worked diligently to write a song that truly reflects Nelson Mandela. I think they did a brilliant job honoring the man and the leader they have known for over 20 years.”

Meanwhile, the group is eyeing a possible April release for its as-yet-untitled new album. According to a recent report, U2 are in talks with “brand partners” for a Super Bowl ad that would announce the LP.

Reports emerged over the summer that the group was working on the LP in New York, where they had been recording with producer Danger Mouse. Last month, bassist Adam Clayton said that the band was “still at it.” “I think it’s a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years,” he said at the time. “It’s a combination of those two things and it’s a really interesting hybrid. We’re in the studio. We’re trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas.” 

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